Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Three Mile Island

After Kevin Roche, somehow I googled 3 Mile Island, the nuclear disaster groundsand this amusement park proposal came up
classic 70s photo

College Life Insurance

I was always somehow fascinated by the work of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo
this popped up in a book on minimalism. Not sure what to think here

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Stockholm Underground

Stockholms' tunnelbana are lovingly dressed up as faux natural caves.
starting off from the airport with a simple grey cave
with the occasional screen of course
moving on to Stadshuset, getting all theatrical with abandoned bombs
and faux structures emerging thru the faux rock
yellow mysteriesRadhuset with white faux cracks
and ending up in Fridhemsplan,
a white-grey rock with Jackson Pollock-esque paint splatters
plus the prerequisite inexplicable object
and a wooden seagull (why?) flying through clouds of green spray paint.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Parco dei Mostri

I was randomly looking for Herbert List pictures
and I came across this really great one
taken at Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, Italy.
searching for more monsters
Then somehow randomly a friend mentioned the hall of giants
at the Palazzo del Teand from there somehow to Dutch painter Carel Willink
who painted the monsters of Bomarzo
and more

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Limassol Sunday (with Christodoulos)

This past weekend in Limassol we passed the gates of orange juiceto soda-bottle Parthenons
enchanted forests in hotel lobbiesDorothy's white brick road to bunker 80's beach resorts whose logos resemble castles or letterswe looked at sea platforms
and more resortsand white wallsand minarets that always look like rockets

Monday, April 07, 2008

Teleport Fargfabriken

Just back from Sweden, and the inauguration of FF Norr, in Ostersund. Teleport Fargfabriken, the first show is a massive 80-artist exhibition cataloguing the past and perhaps future of Fargfabriken, curated by Jan Aman and CM von Hauswolf. Instead of choosing the best of, Jan poured everything in the mix, weird project next to weirder project, a random history that suddenly becomes crystal clear. Back in January when he asked me to design the show, I proposed a system for Fargfabriken instead: A set of identical, universal exhibition wall modules, cast randomly about the space as a curators toy; making a labyrinth that is also minimal and a ruin or maybe austere and always whatever. Daniel Daboczy, Fia Palmgren, Matti Molin and Karin Englund spent weeks carefully putting everything together. The opening was a blast, and by the end of the weekend I saw a thick pile of that weeks' newspaper clippings, which is quite a bit for a small town up in the frozen north. Here's my highlightsthe legendary "dog" performance by Oleg Kulig (Interpol, Fargfabriken 1996), during which he attacked members of the audience, sending some of them to the hospital with real bites.

And they thought it was just art.
This piece generated one of the first mass email protests...
everybody was against it, though it looks just amazing today.Annika Larsson POLIISI
great wall drawing by Jesper Waldersten
Francois Roche R&Sie ArchitectsTobias Bernstrup and Mai Ueda performed
view of the space
explosive tube fire by Carsten Nicolai

parallel to the exhibition, the was the New World Bank conference, which brought to Ostersund Malcolm MacLaren, Noreena Hertz, Daniel Birnbaum, Bill Liao, Veronica Valk, yours truly, and many more
opening crowds
great Natalie Djurberg
Angelo Plessas

great sketch furniture by FRONT
I wanted the the place to be like a bombed out ruin, but thats not so possible when you have to inlcude more than a 100 works..
we included a model of the design in the show, and I'm hoping for future ruinations
and the super cool catalogue